Listen, I’m totally supportive of a DIY lifestyle. You wanna make your own makeup and cleaning products from scratch? By all means! Got 30 new uses for old timey mason jars? Tell me all about it! But for the love of god, don’t DIY your contraception, especially with root vegetables pulled from your garden. It’s a bad idea. Case in point: according to Colombia Reports, a 22-year-old woman, on the recommendation of her mother, stuck a potato in her vagina for two weeks in the hopes that it would prevent pregnancy. Instead, the potato grew roots, causing severe abdominal pain. The woman was hospitalized, the potato was surgically removed and she’s expected to be fine, but what isn’t so fine is the fact that Colombia’s youth population has been dissuaded from using real contraception. Keep reading »
The next time anyone tells you that contraceptives aren’t “natural,” ask them how exactly they aren’t natural. Sure, it interferes with a natural bodily process, but then there’s the fact that women have been making contraceptives for all of documented history, as this Engender Health video demonstrates.
So what’s more important — the fact that women’s bodies are naturally capable of bearing children, or the fact that human psychology has always naturally bent women toward wanting to choose when and if we have children? It’s only in the last hundred years that our technology has enabled us to fulfill a dream we’ve had for over five thousand years: Some people would call that progress. [Huffington Post]
Recently Notorious R.B.G. — I’m mean, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg — was interviewed by Katie Couric for Yahoo and she’s got a lot to say about last month’s decision in favor of Hobby Lobby. Keep reading »